"Goal" Weight? Or LIFE Weight?
Sunday, November 10, 2013
So, looking at my ticker, it seems that I am almost "there". Almost at "goal" weight. As my little running woman edges ever-closer to that "finish line" though, I pause and ponder ...
What is a "goal" weight?
Whenever I hear the word "goal" it sounds like an end to me. A dictionary definition might be: "the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result."
Huh. Is me reaching a certain weight the object of my ambition and effort here?
Or is there more?
Yes, I began Sparkpeople (and more recently joined Overeaters Anonymous) to lose weight. No question there. Let's face it, I was close to 200 lbs, and firmly stationed in the "obese" range of the body mass index.
But these last few months as I have been learning more about myself, the more I realize that a number on the scale is not my main objective. I am not just changing my size or shape (although thankfully that has happened!); I am changing my LIFE.
So, if not a "goal weight", what, then, *is* my objective?
This may change as I continue to live at a healthy weight, but, for now, my objectives are:
(1) to learn how to tone this new body of mine. I am blessed to have the Sparkpeople site and community for this part - I know how to do this already.
(2) to continue to forge a healthy relationship with food. Learning to fuel my body with healthy foods for maximum performance and clear-headedness seems a much better goal than "should I be 140 or 135 lbs"?
I remind myself daily that the end of my ticker is not the end of my journey; it's a continuation.
What are YOUR objectives?